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Christchurch council targets quake sites

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017

About 30 buildings and sites have been listed as barriers to the post-earthquake regeneration of Christchurch's city centre.

Christchurch City Council says the list will be regularly updated.

Council strategy and transformation general manager Brendan Anstiss says good progress has been made at a number of the sites.

"Equally, there are likely other sites, including outside the CBD, where the lack of progress is hampering a location's regeneration and council support may be useful," he said.

Mr Antiss said the sites the council was particularly concerned about included those left unoccupied after the 2011 quake and which had fallen into a state of disrepair.

Also of concern were those still cordoned off because the buildings were considered unsafe and those where cordons were encroaching on to public roads and footpaths.

The council planned firstly to engage the owners and provide advice on development options.

A second step would be to put more pressure on the owners by applying existing fees and charges for the use of public land to sites where exemptions had previously been made.

The third and final step, to be used as a last resort, involved joint action by agencies with enforcement and land acquisition powers.

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